My daughter thinks she is a princess.
Actually, let me rephrase that, she knows she is a princess. I don’t say that in a way that suggests she is conceited or thinks she is better than anyone, I say that because she just knows who she is.
She is three, but confident in who she is.
Every day she asks to wear a pretty dress. And it is not uncommon for her to go to school in her fancy Christmas dress, or her princess Anna dress. I always have this hesitation of sending her to school like that, because children can be cruel, and I don’t want anyone making fun of her, but people have just embraced her.
Struggles with Insecurity
I am not like that at all. I have a really hard time picking out what I am going to wear. It is not uncommon for me to change my outfit three or four times before I leave the house. This is kind of how I make all of my decisions. By weighing it all, and considering all of the factors.
Like all the factors.
I am an enneagram six, and the most accurate way I have ever heard them described is this way “enneagram 1’s have an inner critic, but 6’s have an inner committee”.
I don’t know what enneagram my daughter is, but she is definitely not a six.
Olivia doesn’t care. She is confident. She is brave. She just is who she is. She knows she is loved, she doesn’t care what others think of her, because she knows who loves her.
And I have to wonder, that if we really understood Who loves us if it would make a difference. If we would be more confident, not because of our own strength or out of pride, but out of knowing our true identity in Christ.Would you be more confident if you really understood Who loves you? Click To Tweet
My Insecurity & My Identity In Christ
I have had this recurring dream since I was younger. In the dream, my teeth fall out or they flake away. I often wake up in the middle of the night to make sure my teeth are still there. Sad, but true.
After some research, I found that these dreams can signify a person is dealing with insecurities.
And as someone who deals with insecurities, I constantly worry about what others think about me.
Should I? No.
Do I? Yes.
Do I sound stupid? Did I say the right thing? Was that the wrong thing to say? Did I make the right decision? And did I make the decision out of fear, or out of faith?
These questions, and more (did I lock the door and set the alarm at work?) are always running through my head.
And what I have come to learn is that I can only combat this, and be more confident in who I am, and the decisions I make, is by knowing my identity in Christ.
A Note To The Ephesians & To Us…
What Bible verses help you remember your identity in Christ? Jessica is 5 things she learned in the book of Ephesians in this post on Candidly Christian… Click To Tweet
Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.Ephesians 1:3-10 CSB
5 Things Ephesians Teaches Us About Our Identity in Christ
1.) My God Is My Father
My God is My Father. And my God, my Father, has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. He is faithful, and His hope does not disappoint.
2.) I Am Chosen
God chose me before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight (Eph. 1:4). And not only did He choose me. When you choose something, you usually choose something out of many. Kind of like when Jesus chose His disciples. He chose each of them out of many. And not only did He choose me, He adopted me.
3.) I Am Adopted
When you adopt a child, you make the relationship official. When God chose us, it wasn’t enough for Him just to choose us. God adopted us; He made our relationship official. You are officially His child.
4.) We Are Blameless In His Sight
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for me. I shared above a verse right out of Ephesians that He chose me before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. But we didn’t become blameless until Jesus died on the cross so that we could become blameless in His sight. He made His sacrifice out of love, and He did this freely.
5.) He Lavished His Grace Upon Me
God loves me. He loves me so much that He sent His only Son to die for me so that I can become His daughter. His love is not ordinary. His love is not something to easily pass over, unnoticeable, because it is lavished upon us.
So, when you are struggling with insecurities, remember your identity in Christ. You know who your Father is. He has chosen you, adopted you, and loves you. And He made the ultimate sacrifice for you freely all out of this love, so that He could be glorified.
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